Academic advisors at linfield college online and continuing education

hi my name is Joanne Swenson and I’m an academic advisor at Linfield College with the adult degree program hi I’m Jenny Alyssa I am an academic advisor at linfield adult degree program I think there are two main kinds of reasons why people come back to get their degree professional reasons and personal reasons some of the reasons that students come back to finish their degrees at linfield college are necessary job requirements it could be that they are looking for an advancement in their career or if they’re looking to change careers I work with a lot of registered nurses who are now required to get a bachelor’s degree in some in some hospitals so they come to me saying how do I get my bachelor’s degree how can I advance in my skills how can I advance in my job so as soon as somebody applies for admission they’re assigned an academic advisor and from that point on we’re able to assist them in the whole process of applying for admission of choosing classes figuring out where they are in the whole admission and enrollment process there are three main things that I work with students on right away at the beginning one is to calm their fears about how their credits will transfer to is how are they going to pay for this there’s financial aid student loans scholarships we walk them through that process and third how am I going to manage life as a student one of the really important roles that we play as academic advisors is helping prospective students to figure out what sort of credits might transfer from the work that they did before at another college or university and we’re always able to do a preliminary evaluation of their transcripts to help them figure out well this is about how many credits you should anticipate to transfer this is how much longer it will take you to complete your degree and I think it gives prospective students a lot of information ahead of time to help them decide even if they want to apply for admission with some of the services that are available for students are the distance learning library services we have a dedicated distance learning librarian that works with our students for any sort of research needs that they might be having anything that they need with regards to the library and we also have a tutoring services or students can still walk into a tutoring center virtually in their case but still be able to get the assistance that they need well I think that when people first start thinking about going back to school sometimes I feel like they psych themselves out a little bit and think that it’s going to be much more complicated than it really is in reality once we go through the steps and work with them to figure out that it’s not as as daunting as they thought it was going to be I think that students choose Linfield because we have an excellent reputation and they have talked with colleagues who have gone through the RN to BSN program and they know that they can get through this program they know that they have excellent customer service academic advising student services and they know that we will work with them to make this program adaptable to their lifestyle I think that students really are able to see themselves as a linfield student right from the get-go because they have a personal connection with an advisor who is there for them from day one who can help them through all the steps I definitely think that that is a strength of our program and a main reason why people feel like this is the right place for them

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